You're not in Kansas anymore...
Despite growing up in a state whose only claims to fame are The Wizard of Oz, wheat, and the world's largest hand dug well, I did not have a "traditional" mid-western upbringing. Born in Dallas, Texas, I spent my early years briefly living in Farmington, New Mexico; Ogden, Utah; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Las Cruces, New Mexico before finally settling down in the plains of Wichita, Kansas. The son of an alternative practice M.D. and an office manager, I was brought up under the unique dichotomy that was my parents' rule--part health-conscious "hippies" worrying about pesticide contamination, monitoring the pH levels of my food intake, and keeping a penergizer around to always swipe my water clean (and embarrass me at restaurants...), and part conservative, religious caretakers.
I did not grow up immersed in the arts. Instead, I was an endlessly curious, rambunctious, and hyperactive child that spent more than my fair share of time in a cast or on crutches. I played soccer and baseball for 15 years each, with a little basketball, football, roller hockey, chess, and violin thrown in for good measure. I found acting, singing, and dancing while in high school, quite literally by accident. After suffering a knee injury during a soccer scrimmage, I was approached by a choir teacher to fill up my now wide open afternoons by standing in the back of a musical. That experience turned my world upside down.
After graduating from The University of Michigan I moved to New York City and have been pursuing an acting career ever since. I love nature and look for every chance I can to escape to any nearby mountains, woods, oceans, or lakes. I enjoy spending my free time volunteering through New York Cares, Children's Theatre Company, and work towards building community through the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program. I am an active member of the Baha'i Faith and truly believe actual equality of the sexes, race unity, and the elimination of the extremes of wealth and poverty can only be achieved through the transformation of individual human hearts and the unification of all religions and nations.
"Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch. Deal ye one with another with the utmost love and harmony, with friendliness and fellowship."
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